Sony Interactive Entertainment president Andrew House confirmed the existence of a beefed up version of the PS4 earlier this month. Much to the dismay of console aficionados around the globe, the hardware was noticeably absent during the recently-concluded E3 2016 in Los Angeles.
Tech pundits believe Sony was merely confirming an ongoing project rather than promoting a finished product. For his part, Eurogamer’s Richard Leadbetter said the console is still in the works, but fans won’t have to wait another year before it releases. His sources told him Neo is set to arrive this fall.
“Several sources have indicated to me that PlayStation Neo launches this year, despite its E3 no-show,” Leadbetter mused. “If that is the case, it’ll be interesting to see how developers utilise its resources, and whether 4K really is the focus.”
To be clear, Neo isn’t the start of a new console generation, so people shouldn’t expect it to be a PlayStation 5. PS4 users shouldn’t fret as PS4 games will run smoothly, even better, on Neo. Sony’s upcoming console was initially given the alias “PS4K” due to its rumored ability to play Ultra HD Blu-ray discs.
Ars Technica noted that Neo will feature a significantly superior clock speed than the PS4. Sony’s current-gen console has an AMD GCN carrying 18 compute units running at 800MHz. On the other hand, Neo will feature an improved AMD GCN with 36 compute units running at 911MHz.
In the memory department, Neo will be equipped with the same 8GB of GDDR5 memory as that of the PS4. However, the newer console will experience a memory bandwidth bump of up to 218GB/s. That’s roughly 24 percent faster than the PS4’s memory bandwidth of 176GB/s.
If Neo does in fact release this fall, some possible venues where it might be unveiled are Gamescom, Tokyo Game Show and Paris Games Week. It’s worth mentioning that the PS4 released in the month of November back in 2013.
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